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healthSource: USATODAY

Women in the USA and around the world are waiting longer to start families, shows a new federal report released Wednesday. The average age of new moms was 25 in the USA and 29 in other developed countries such as Japan and Switzerland, it says.The report from the National Center for Health Statistics, shows that on average, new U.S. moms were the youngest of 14 countries reviewed, for both years studied: 21.4 in 1970 and 25.0 in 2006.

 

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The reason the average age is younger in the USA than those other countries? The USA’s teen birth rate is much higher, says report co-author T.J. Mathews.

 

“If our teen birth rate would decline to rates of the other countries, then our average age at first birth would increase to similar territory,” he says. “Overall, we’re being driven by all those births to teens.” Read More

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August 15, 2009 at 7:22 pm

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